SB Connect Winter 2016

Dog owners reminded to scoop up or face penalties

Do you know someone who regularly fails to clean up after their dog? Or are you worried about dog fouling in a particular part of your town or village?

If so, you can now report your concerns through special cards which have been distributed in local communities. The cards highlight the 0300 100 1800 number, where members of the public can report concerns anonymously. There is also space on the cards for people to jot down concerns and hand them in to Council Contact Centres.

This move is the latest in the ongoing campaign against dog fouling in the Borders, which is continuing with high-profile patrols and enforcement work by SB Wardens and more Council officers being trained to issue fixed penalty notices.

A hard-hitting advert highlighting the risk of dog dirt to children has also been launched and can be seen on local buses and on posters in Council buildings throughout the Borders.

Bagit, ‘the cleanest dog in Scotland’ made his debut during Poop a Scoop week at the Border Union Show in Kelso. He toured the showground with the SB Wardens, who spoke to members of the public about the dog-fouling campaign and the penalties of not clearing up after a pet.

A competition to guess how many dog biscuits were in a jar was won by Katie Lawrie of Lauder, with a prize of six free dog training sessions with Ian Mitchell of Eshiels Gundogs.

Katie said: “I was thrilled to have won the dog training sessions for my 14-week-old puppy, Nell. She is a cross between a Border Collie and Bearded Collie. The sessions with Iain have been invaluable in helping with obedience and helping me to know how to deal with different issues.”